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CCC&TI High School Students Win Big at Regional Science Competition

HUDSON, NC (March 20, 2018)…Students from the Caldwell Early College High School (CECHS) and the Caldwell Career Center Middle College (CCCMC) recently participated in the North Carolina Science Olympiad Hickory Regional Competition and brought home several awards.  The CECHS Team took Second Place overall with 16 students winning individual medals, more than any other team competing. 

Their performance at the regional competition has won the CECHS Team the right to move on to the statewide Science Olympiad competition to be held in April at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Pictured are members of the Caldwell Early College High School and Caldwell Career Center Middle College 2018 Science Olympiad Teams. The CECHS team took 2nd Place overall at the Regional Competition and won individual medals in 16 events. The Team will compete in the statewide Science Olympiad Competition in April at NC State University in Raleigh.

North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. In 2017, more than 900 K-12 teams representing over 18,000 students and 85 counties in North Carolina participated in NCSO activities.

All of the students who participated in the regional event have been involved with CCC&TI’s Science Club and have been preparing for competition since August 2017. Students have also worked to raise the funds needed to participate in the competition.

“The students have put in countless hours of hard work and dedication,” said Science Club Advisor and CCC&TI Instructor Denise Williams.  “Early College students have been competing for five years and have won numerous individual medals every year. However, this is the first year that the CECHS team had a full roster and enough members to enter all events at the competition, giving them the chance to be competitive in team standings. We’re very proud of their accomplishments!”

At the state competition in April, the CECHS Team will be competing for a chance to move on to the national tournament in Colorado.

Following are lists of participants in this year’s competition.

CECHS Team Members:

Paris Annas II

Griffin Dilsaver

Rhiannon Greene

Rachel Hagen

Jack Hall III

Kelsey Hamby

Sarah Hedrick

Cheyenne McMahon

Patrick Miller

Novena Persico

Kendra Price

Lucas Price (team captain)

Ben Reed

Greta Rhuberg

Kayla Shook

Mary Thomasson

Christian Williams

CCCMC Team Members:

Kemdyn Clement

Ariel Coffey

Faith Hamilton (team captain)

Marina Herrera

Hailey Lewis

Emori Lipford

Tanner Shull

Halia Sides

Faculty Advisors:

Dustin Greene

Aaron Littell

Mike Leonowicz

Mark Walters

Denise Williams

Mandy Williams